We asked our students at SimplyIslam Weekend Islamic School, what they thought about the teachers, the school, the diversity, the lessons, and so on. Listen to what they say..
Our teachers are all madrasah graduates and have been accredited by Singapore’s Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB), and are certified to teach Islamic studies. ARB is an independent committee formed by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) to oversee the professional conduct of all Islamic religious teachers in Singapore.
SimplyIslam works closely with the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and educational providers like Iqra International Education Foundation, a US-based educational outfit that specialises in integrated curriculum. Iqra International has revised and redesigned the full-time madrasah curriculum and study materials in Singapore, under contract with MUIS. We also use other books and materials from other educational providers and publishers.
No uniforms! That’s right, we do not require our students to wear a uniform. We welcome the diversity of fashion that our students use to express themselves, and it’s a good learning experience for students to learn about the acceptable styles of dressing. We are committed to standards of simplicity, neatness, cleanliness, attractiveness, modesty and good taste.
English Language, Diversity & Exams
All our classes and programs are conducted in English.
Because we offer all our programs completely in English, our school attracts students from all the continents of the world. They are children of expatriates working in Singapore, and hails . They come from Malaysia, Indonesia, India, Pakistan, Africa, United Kingdom, USA, Europe. So your children will enjoy the diversity in the classroom!
We don’t have exams too! But we do have regular assessments and project work to assess our students.
SimplyIslam Weekend Islamic School
Age: 5 to 21 years (Preschool to Tertiary level)
School fees: $840 per year – payable in full, or half-yearly, or in monthly Giro instalments.
Sessions Available: Saturday or Sunday
- K1 & K2 (Preschool) | Primary 1-6 | Sec 1-3: Saturday or Sunday, 9 am to 1 pm
- Sec 4/5 and Tertiary students (polytechnic, university): Saturday, 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
Interviews with Parents of SimplyIslam Weekend Islamic School
Frequently Asked Questions
Are all your lessons conducted in English?
Yes, all our lessons are conducted in English, while the Arabic language class is conducted in Arabic and English.
What are the qualifications of your teachers?
All our teachers are madrasah graduates; they have the minimum of Thanawi Aliyah, which is equivalent to the ‘A’ levels, and some of them have a Diploma in Islamic studies, while some of them are pursuing diplomas and degree courses. They are all certified by the Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (MUIS) and the Asatizah Recognition Board (ARB) and have been issued with the Asatizah Recognition Certificate.
What is the maximum number of pupils in a class?
We keep our class size smaller than what our students will have in their academic school. The maximum number of pupils in a class is 25, except for the Preschool level where the maximum number of pupils is 15 only.
How do you assess the pupils as you do not have exams?
We assess the students through continuous assessments and project work. The assessments (open book) are conducted twice a year and the students’ work will be graded so that we may have a good understanding of their comprehension of the subjects taught.
Do you provide transport?
No, we do not.
Do you have classes for pre-schoolers?
Yes we do. Our Centre has incorporated children in K1 and K2 classes, ages 5 & 6 respectively.
What if my child is not up to his level in his Islamic Education?
Our students are leveled according to their age (and academic class). In this way, they can be among their peers. Insha’Allah through our interactive methods of conducting the lessons your child will be able to keep up with the lessons. We only separate the students during the Qur’an lesson period, so that your child will learn and progress according to his Qur’an reading ability.
My child is 13 years old, and he has not attended any Islamic religious class. Can he/she join the classes at SimplyIslam? Will he/she be able to catch-up?
Islam is life-long learning venture. Many of our students enter at different ages, due to various reasons. We encourage parents to register their child, irrespective of the age of their child, and whether the child has any learning background on Islam. Insha’Allah through our interactive methods of conducting the lessons the child will be able to keep up and possess sufficient knowledge to practice Islam.
My child is 12 years old and has studied Islamic Religious knowledge extensively overseas for 5 years. Can he be placed in the higher level class?
No. As mentioned earlier, all our students will be placed in a class in accordance to his age group and corresponding academic level.
I have two children studying in the same level; can I just buy 1 set of books?
No. Each child must have his/her own set of books. No sharing is allowed. If there is a financial constraint to purchase 2 sets of books, our Centre can arrange for some financial assistance. Please approach our Admin staff for assistance.
If I have some of the books on your list can I opt not to buy them from you?
Yes. You need not purchase any book if you already possess them. Please indicate your request when you are ordering the books.
I can’t afford the fees and books for my child to attend the weekend Islamic school. Do you provide assistance?
Yes, Insha’Allah. Efforts will be made to subsidise the school fees for families who are in financial distress. Availability of financial aid depends on the amount allocated to the student welfare fund, as well as the generosity of private donors.
I may need to take my child out for a month or more from the weekend Islamic school (e.g. exams, travel, etc). Can I be exempted from the fees during the period of my child’s absence?
No, unless an official withdrawal is made (subject to terms and conditions of withdrawal). Once withdrawn, the child will need to re-register if he/she wishes to re-join the weekend Islamic school, and the placement is subject to availability at the point of rejoining.
Do I have to pay school fees during the June and December holidays?
Our school fees is actually payable annually. However, out of goodwill, we accept fees to be paid half-yearly or monthly through the Giro system. So, if you have paid the full fees, then there’s nothing to worry or consider. If you have chosen to pay the fees in monthly instalments, then the answer is YES, you have to pay every month for 12 months, irrespective of whether the month is January, June or December, or whether your child attends the school or not. As long as the child is registered with the school, and has not withdrawn, then school fees continue to be payable.
Why the 4-hour curriculum time at SimplyIslam’s Islamic school? Is that too long?
The actual learning period is 3 hours 40 minutes, less the 20-minute break in between. Through our experience, effective weekly learning cannot be achieved in less than 3 hours because of the various aspects of Islamic learning – Qur’an, Hadith, Morals, etc. Students in general spend more than 25 hours a week in their academic school learning English, Mathematics, Science, etc. Given the importance of Islamic learning that will help to shape their morals and personality, we are convinced that a 4-hour curriculum time is a balanced curriculum period.
Why is one of my children in a waiting list?
Due to our space constraints, some parents may experience having one of their children in a waiting list. To maintain an effective student-teacher ratio, we cannot crowd our classroom to a point of detriment. Nonetheless, please do not be alarmed as we will try our level best to provide a slot for your child.
I wish to enroll my child for the Preschool level. He will only be 5 years old in June this year. Can I enroll him?
Yes, you may. As long as he will reach the age of 5 anytime from 1 January to 31 December of the enrolment year, he is eligible to enroll in Preschool level in that year. The same principle applies to other levels as well. The classes allocated are linked to their academic school levels so that students study among their peers.
Are we focused on Iqra (Qur’an Reading) at SimplyIslam’s Weekend Islamic School?
Although Qur’an reading is one of our focus, our Centre also teach other important subjects for the Muslim student to be imbibed with like Prophetic Biography, Arabic, moral and ethics, and so on. See our section on Learning Objectives.